How to make sure a used car is safe

Source: Herb Weisbaum, NBC News

Buying a used car is always a bit risky.  You don’t know how that vehicle was driven or maintained. It could be subject to an “open” recall — a safety problem identified by the manufacturer that has not been repaired.

Don’t assume the dealer has fixed the problem — or will even tell you about it, consumer advocates caution.

Many used vehicles sold by licensed dealers have open recalls, according to a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) Education Fund and Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS).

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